175 Makers of History: Marvin S. Arrington

Marvin S. Arrington 67L
One of Emory's First Two African American Law Graduates

Marvin Arrington

In 1965, Marvin S. Arrington and his friend Clarence Cooper 67L transferred from Howard University School of Law to become one of the first full-time African American law students at Emory.

Arrington became one of the most influential attorneys in Atlanta, leading the firm Arrington and Hollowell and serving some sixteen years as president of the Atlanta City Council. He helped bring the Olympic Games to the city, introduced legislation that made Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a city holiday, and helped start the Hank Aaron Rookie League program to provide athletic opportunities to inner-city youth.